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Top Two-Year-Olds Take Aim at Royal Glint

As the 2000 year turns into the home stretch, many two-year-olds are just starting to mature into top racing form. This is much the case for many of the ten colts and geldings nominated for the Royal Glint Stakes. To be contested at 1 1/16 miles over the main track this Sunday, the Royal Glint carries a purse of $40,000 added.

Heading the list of nominees is J.B. Stables, Inc's Crack the Vault. Trained by Robert Whitson, Crack the Vault has run only twice in his career, but has made both of those efforts winning ones. In his debut at Hawthorne on October 6, Crack the Vault ran down the early pacesetters on his way to a length-and-a-quarter victory at odds of 18-1. In his next start, he was sent off as the second choice in the $50,000 added Sun Power stakes on November 11. Closer to the pace than he was in his debut, Crack the Vault blew right by the early leader Apple Dapple en route to a four-length win. Sired by Cartwright, Crack the Vault looks to up his record to three for three.

A horse that has already had his battles with Crack the Vault is Apple Dapple. A bay gelding by Magloire, this Harvey Vanier trainee had all sorts of trouble in his debut as he was fractious in both the post parade and in the gate. Following those troubles, he still ran on to a nice second-place effort behind aforementioned Crack the Vault. Much more professional in his next start, Apple Dapple showed improved speed and ran away with the race, posting a 10 1/4 length win. Off of that effort, he was dispatched at odds of 3-5 in the Sun Power. Flashing speed once again, he tired in the stretch as he ran second to Crack the Vault.

Another impressive nominee for this race is Lil Mephistopheles. Trained by Roger Brueggemann, this colt sired by Devil His Due took three races before grabbing his first victory. Following that win on September 2, Lil Mephistopheles took on stakes competition in the $100,000 Frank Arsenault Memorial on the turf. Making up some late ground, he finished sixth that day and turned back to the main track for his next start. Entered in a non-winners of two lifetime allowance, he showed some late foot in winning by three-and-a-half lengths.

Although a winner only once in his career, Eighth Avenue has taken on some solid competition in his seven starts. Winning by eight lengths in his second start, he followed that effort up with three straight third-place finishes, two of those in allowance company and the other in the Spectacular Bid at Arlington. He then ran fifth in the Arsenault and third to Lil Mephistopheles in an allowance test. Hitting the board in five of his seven starts, Eighth Avenue comes into this spot with earnings of $43,424.

A winner twice from five starts, Don Regino has sandwiched some poor efforts amongst those two wins. Winning at first asking on July 19, Don Regino battled on the lead throughout and held on to win by a nose. He followed that up with a fourth place finish in an allowance test and a pair of fifth place efforts in a claiming an allowance race. Most recently though, he dropped in for a tag of $25,000 and ran away with a three-and-three-quarter length win.

Rounding out the list of nominees are: Big Show, Brassy Babe, McMahon, Stop Drop and Roll, and Target West.




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